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Beschreibung

  • Corporations have finally realized the value of collaboration tools for knowledge sharing and Wiki is the open source technology for creating collaborative Web sites, as either a public site on the Internet or on a private intranet site
  • Shows readers how to set up Wikis in a corporate setting or on a personal site so that users can retrieve information, post information, and edit the content
  • Covers everything from choosing a Wiki engine to administration and maintenance
  • Discusses the advantages of using Wiki in a corporate environment, which companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Disney, and Motorola have already discovered


Dan Woods, an early adopter of wikis, has built technology for companies ranging from Time, Inc. to TheStreet.com and has written many books about technology. Peter Thoeny, the founder of TWiki, invented the concept of structured wikis and is a recognized thought-leader in social software and wikis at the workplace.



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Dan Woods, an early adopter of wikis, has built technology for companies ranging from Time, Inc. to TheStreet.com and has written many books about technology. Peter Thoeny, the founder of TWiki, invented the concept of structured wikis and is a recognized thought-leader in social software and wikis at the workplace.



Klappentext

Create content, link pages and webs, and grow your wiki

Set up your own wiki for personal or business use

So you want to wiki? This friendly guide gets you up and running in the wiki world in no time, from creating and editing wiki pages and going public to handling maintenance, promotion, and project management. You'll see how to handle the hurdles of shared authorship, use structured wiki applications, and prepare for the wikis of the future.

  • Create your first hosted wiki
  • Invite others to your wiki

  • Add images, video, and other widgets

  • Use a wiki in your business

  • Choose your wiki engine

  • Secure your wiki



Inhalt

Foreword xvii

Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing Wikis 7

Chapter 1: Understanding Wikis: From Ward's Brain to Your Browser 9

Finding Your Way to Wikis 10

What makes a wiki a wiki 11

Comparing wikis and other communication tools 13

The (almost) formal definition of a wiki 14

You, Too, Can Wiki 16

Starting your wiki engines 16

Creating your first wiki page 17

Putting Wikis to Work 21

Who are wiki people? 21

The lifecycle of wiki people 22

Herding a small group with wikis 23

Wide-body wikis for your company 23

Going public with your wiki 24

The History and Future of Wikis 24

HyperCard and other wiki precursors 24

Ward's challenge 25

Ward's solution 25

The not-so-overnight success of wikis 26

Hosted wikis open the door to everyone 29

Where wikis will go 30

Chapter 2: Contributing Content to a Wiki 31

Basic Wiki Skills 32

Navigating wiki webs 32

Editing and creating wiki pages 38

Linking wiki pages 44

Attaching Documents to Wiki Pages 49

Printing Wiki Pages 51

Tracking Versions and Changes 51

How versions keep wikis safe 51

Tracking changes in a wiki 52

Chapter 3: The Thousand Problem-Solving Faces of Wikis 55

The Many Categories of Wikis 56

Content-Focused Wikis: The Goldmine of Shared Content 57

Doing research with reference wikis 57

Sharpening skills with hobbyist wikis 60

Going around the world with travel wikis 62

Finding technical documentation wikis 64

Process-Focused Wikis: A Shared Space for a Shared Mission 65

Managing projects and productivity with wikis 66

Getting the job done with task-oriented wikis 66

Making it happen with advocacy wikis 70

Finding educational wikis for students and teachers 72

Community Wikis: Exploring Common Bonds 73

Goofing off with entertainment wikis 75

Hanging around at clubhouse wikis 76

Getting nerdy with technology wikis 77

Ease-of-Use Wikis: Web Site Creation Made Easy 77

Creating small business brochure wikis 78

Making connections with personal and family wikis 78

Hunting for More Wikis 79

Chapter 4: Using and Improving the 800-pound Gorilla of Wikis: Wikipedia 81

Understanding How Wikipedia Works 82

Run by volunteers 84

Editing Wikipedia entries 85

Dressing up your Wikipedia entries 86

Previewing and saving your changes 87

Linking pages and Web sites in Wikipedia 88

What Wikipedia Can Do For You 90

Using Wikipedia as a research tool 90

Is Wikipedia reliable? 91

Sharing your knowledge on Wikipedia 92

Part II: Making Your Own Wiki 95

Chapter 5: Finding a Hosted Home for Your Wiki 97

Choosing the Right Hosted Wiki 98

Exploring hosted wikis 99

Ease-of-use wikis 102

Community wikis 102

Process-focused wikis 103

Content-focused wikis 103

Creating a Hosted Wiki with WikiSpaces 104

Creating pages 107

Editing pages 108

Linking pages 109

Protecting pages and wikis 110

Inviting others to your wiki 112

Changing the look, feel, and design of a wiki 113

Adding images, video, and other widgets to a wiki 115

Adding premium services and advertising 115

Chapter 6: Creating Content for Your Wiki 117

Applying Markup as Content Makeup 118

Editing Pages with Wiki Markup 118

Creating hierarchy with headings 120

Inserting bullets 121

Building tables 122

Formatting text 123

Controlling Layout and Formatting with HTML 125

Choosing Wiki Page Modes 126

Using document mode 128

Implementing thread mode pages 129

Using structured mode 130

Chapter 7: Linking, Categorizing, and Tagging Wiki Pages 131

Linking Wiki Pages 132

Linking WikiWords automatically 132

Preventing false WikiWord links 133

Free linking 134

Creating pages using links 135

Giving life to stubs 136

Viewing all links to a page 137

Renaming all links in a web 138

Linking Outside Your Wiki 139

Linking URLs 139

Linking between wikis using Interwiki names 140

Linking to other webs and namespaces 141

Linking to Files, Images, and Multimedia 141

Uploading attachments 142

Linking to file attachments 144

Inserting images 145

Linking to multimedia 147

Categorizing and Tagging Pages 148

Using MediaWiki categories 148

Tagging content 149

Chapter 8: The Four Dimensions of Wiki Design 151

Architecting the Information in Your Wiki 152

Understanding wiki taxonomy 152

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Produktinformationen

Titel: Wikis For Dummies
Autor:
EAN: 9781118050668
ISBN: 978-1-118-05066-8
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: For Dummies
Genre: Datenkommunikation, Netzwerke
Anzahl Seiten: 336
Veröffentlichung: 08.02.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 23.1 MB
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